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Monday, January 16, 2017

The Limerick Summary: 2017 Sony Open

Winner: Justin Thomas

Around the wider world of golf: Chilean amateur Toto Gana won the Latin America Amateur Championship; Woody Austin won the pro division at the Diamond Resorts Invitational, and former pitcher Mark Mulder won the celebrity division; Graeme Storm won the BMW South African Open on the ET; and Kyle Thompson won the Bahamas Great Exuma Classic on the Web.com Tour.

Justin Thomas with Sony Open trophy

Say, didn't I see this tournament last week?

Oops, sorry. Justin Thomas won this one by SEVEN strokes. Last week it was only three. My mistake.

I certainly don't mean to belittle this accomplishment, far from it. Justin has finally broken through and got some of the wins we've all been expecting him to get. But he looked a bit tired after the final round, even -- dare I say it? -- a bit unimpressed.

You might think I'm misreading his fatigue. After all, he penned at least one new entry in the record books every round at the Sony Open, putting a bow on the accomplishment by posting the lowest aggregate total ever in an official PGA Tour event. (For those of you who might not know, the aggregate total is the actual number of strokes you took. In Justin's case, it was 253.)

But while I'm sure Justin is both proud of and grateful for his accomplishments this season, I suspect that he also tells himself "it's about time!" His frustration over the last year or so has been evident. While he hasn't expected all the records, he HAS expected the wins.

And he probably expects even more in the next few months.

How long will this last? I don't know. But I don't know if it really matters. For at least the next week, Justin Thomas will have more folks talking about his wins than Hideki Matsuyama's. And he picks up yet another Limerick Summary, which I'm sure was on his "to do" list as well.
Yeah, at some point, his run's gonna end…
But I'm sure all his peers wonder when?
Justin's swing looks so smooth
It appears he can't lose
And it seems every putt's going in!
The photo came from this article at golfweek.com.

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